Viv's marriage to David was not a conventional one, but when he died - in an accident for which she blamed herself - it was as if her whole world had collapsed around her. She escaped by running, mainly around the nearby lake, which was once a popular place of recreation but was now desolate and deserted. It became both her refuge and her dread.
But through the misery, she made some unexpected friends: a couple in the village whose family needed her as much as she needed them. And gradually, as a new life opened up, she was able confront the terrible secrets that had haunted her and which could now be laid to rest.